Business Briefs 1-26-2017

Adams and Reese LLP

Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that Jennifer G. Rowlett has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group in its Nashville office. Practicing law since 2007, Rowlett is an accomplished trial attorney with significant experience serving as first chair in insurance defense jury trials. She focuses her practice on complex litigation involving health care liability, motor carrier liability and labor and employment matters. She represents physicians, medical groups, hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the state of Tennessee in medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.46.32 PMRowlett previously served as staff counsel for a Fortune 500 property and casualty insurer, defending its insureds and affiliates in personal injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist and subrogation claims. She has extensive pre-trial litigation and management experience, including drafting pleadings and handling discovery, depositions, mediation and direct settlements as well as trial processes. Rowlett began her law career practicing as a civil litigation attorney at a local Nashville firm. She primarily represented clients in medical malpractice defense and insurance defense matters.

Rowlett received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her B.A. cum laude in International Studies from Centre College. As a practicing in-house attorney, she completed advanced training in areas including Examinations Under Oath, Advanced Products Liability and Trial Practice. She was also heavily involved in in-house diversity and summer associate mentoring programs.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with nearly 280 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices across 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C.


Edgenet, a Nashville-based Software as a Service (SaaS) company, has announced th     at Chris Roach has joined the business as senior vice president of growth.

As senior vice president of growth, Roach will be responsible for the organization’s pursuit of new business and expanding the reach of Edgenet’s customer-based business service philosophy.

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.46.39 PMRoach comes to Edgenet with an extensive background in technology and building sales teams and processes. Most recently, he served as vice president of North America for Conviva—a Silicon Valley-based, real-time Big Data platform which focuses on solving quality-based experience issues associated with internet TV. Conviva created the industry standard for video Quality of Experience (QoE) monitoring solutions securing relationships with key media conglomerates, like HBO, ESPN, WWE, Echostar/Dish, CBS,   NFL, MLB and Scripps Inter- active.

In this role, Roach was responsible for the general management and execution of Conviva’s revenue operations in North America, resulting in more than 280 percent net growth from 2014—2016. He also served as director of sales and operations at Conviva, as well as vice president of business development at AEG Digital Media, which provides technical support and production services for major live events, such as the Grammy’s, Oscars, Coachella and Bonnaroo.

Roach earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Middle Tennessee State University and has more than 11 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development.

Edgenet is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that provides retailers, distributors, websites and suppliers with the ability to manage and improve their product content. Edgenet’s Product Content Cloud (PCc), Made-to-Order (m2o) and Outdoor Projects (OdP) solutions help manufacturers, brands and retailers sell easier and sell more across all channels, anywhere, on any device, at any time.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.46.45 PMThe national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, welcomes attorney Laura B. Heiman to Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office.

Heiman represents class action and whistleblower plaintiffs as part of the firm’s defective products, personal injury, and consumer protection practice.

Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Heiman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane B. Stranch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Heiman is a 2011 graduate of Stanford Law School, and she previously worked as an associate in the appellate and Supreme Court litigation group at Morrison and Foerster, LLP. She graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2007.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a 70 attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Seattle.

Nossi College of Art

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.46.52 PMAward-winning designer Michael Kristof brings real-world knowledge of the design field to his new position as Graphic Design Coordinator at Nossi College of Art. A thirteen year resident of Nash-ville, the designer operates Kristof Creative and has served as art director at Young and Rubicam (New York), and associate creative director at Arnold Worldwide (McLean, VA) and (Herndon, VA). He was also senior art director at The Ramey Agency (Jackson, MS). Kristof contributed to national campaigns for AT&T, Colgate, Dr. Pepper, Holiday Inn, Chef Boyardee and others, including the U.S. Mint. The Ramey Agency’s television campaign for the Mississippi Department of Tourism was so successful it overloaded the agency’s call center and forced the early take-down of the advertising campaign.

As an experienced practitioner in the world of graphic design, he knows how important passion for craft is to motivate those who want to learn and he is encouraged by the enthusiasm he has found Nossi College students.
His long and respected commercial career inspires Kristof to not only teach Nossi College students graphic design techniques but how to survive in the marketplace after graduation.

Kristof’s teaching philosophy includes encouraging his students in problem solving and focusing on exactly who the audience is for a particular campaign.

Patterson Intellectual Property Law

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.47.01 PMEmily Shouse, shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, has been elected secretary of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society.

The organization was created in 1995 to preserve the records and history of the Tennessee Supreme Court and other courts of Tennessee, to keep these records accessible for all Tennesseans, and to educate residents of the state about the rule of law and the vital importance of an independent judiciary in ensuring appropriate checks and balances in our form of government.

Shouse is an AV-rated attorney who focuses on the protection of patents and trademarks in foreign countries. She also prepares and prosecutes trademark applications and patent applications for mechanical inventions in the U.S. She has experience in litigation in all fields of IP, with particular expertise in research and brief writing. She has represented clients in both federal and state court as well as before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Shouse earned her J.D. at the University of Georgia Law School. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from Lipscomb University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association, where she serves on the Intellectual Property Committee and the Historical Committee. She is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Additionally, she is a member of the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Lawyers’ Association for Women. She served as Small Firm Co-Chair on the 2016 Campaign for Equal Justice benefiting the Legal Aid Society and Nashville Pro Bono program.

Founded in 1992, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. is a full service intellectual property law firm handling patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name related matters for its clients. The firm was formed by a group of Registered Patent Attorneys to be the first law firm in Middle Tennessee to practice exclusively in intellectual property law.

Turner Construction

Turner Construction has announced that it has named Jennifer Littlejohn the community and citizenship director of its Memphis and Nashville offices.

Screen shot 2017-01-25 at 12.47.09 PMLittlejohn most recently served as director of communications for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce. There, she developed and executed internal and external communication strategies that helped facilitate workforce development for employers and job opportunities for citizens. Littlejohn is also the founder and principal consultant of OliviaMassey Public Relations where she provides strategic communications and marketing services for a broad range of clients.

Littlejohn will work closely with the business development and human resources departments to identify and administer policies and programs relating to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, compliance and diversity. Littlejohn will also uncover economic and social issues and trends facing the company and will develop community affairs initiatives accordingly.

With expertise in marketing and communications, Littlejohn will also work with Turner’s marketing, public relations and business development teams on alignment and marketing strategy. Her experience will aid her in expanding Turner’s presence in the Memphis and Nashville communities.

Littlejohn is an alumna of Tennessee State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in speech, theatre and communications.